Tuesday, March 16, 2010

50 - Roberto Clemente

About This Player
Roberto Clemente, born in Puerto Rico, played made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955.  Clemente played 18 seasons as the Pirates' right fielder.  Clemente was a multiple All-Star selection, a multiple Gold Glove Award winner and the National League MVP in 1966.  He currently ranks 27th on the all-time hit list with 3,000.

In addition to his baseball career, Clemente was also well known for his humanitarian work.  Clemente died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 in an attempt to send emergency relief to Nicaragua.

Today, Major League Baseball presents the Roberto Clemente Award every year to the player who best follows Clemente's example with humanitarian work.

About This Card
The last regular issue card for Robert Clemente makes this card one of the feature cards in the 1973 Topps Baseball set.  As I build this set, I have tried to avoid overspending for a card I need for the set.  However, the Roberto Clemente card has been difficult to come by at a decent price.  Clemente is one of my most recent cards in this set.  I bought this card for $20 at a local card shop.

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